Introduction to Kearney, Missouri
Kearney, Missouri, in Clay county, is located 19 miles N of Independence, Missouri (center to center) and is 21 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri. Part of the surrounding Kansas City metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Kearney is home to approximately 5,472 residents.
Kearney was founded by W. R. Cave and David T. Duncan in 1856. It was originally named as Centerville. It was served by the Kansas City and Cameron Railroad, which is a subsidiary of Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad. Some believe that the city was named after Fort Kearney, Nebraska. However, others believe that it was named for Charles E. Kearney, the president of the Kansas City and Cameron Railroad. Kearney was incorporated in 1869. It is the birth place of Jesse Woodson James, the famous member of James - Younger Gang.
Kearney and nearby Attractions
- Jesse James Farm and Museum
- Watkins Mill State Park
- Excelsior Springs Golf Course
- Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site
- National Frontier Trails Museum
- Wallace State Park
Things To Do In Kearney
Kearney is home to Jesse James Farm and Museum. One can visit the Watkins Mill State Park, which offers facilities for fishing, hiking, camping, and swimming. The park also includes shelters for picnic. The Excelsior Springs Golf Course is an ideal destination for the golf lovers. Tourists can visit the Strawberry Hill Museum, Watkins Mill State Park, and Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. Kearney also hosts the Jesse James Festival every year in the month of September.
Kansas City International Airport is the nearest major air transportation facility.
Kearney Higher Education
Metropolitan Community College, University of Missouri - Kansas City, and Park University provide facilities for higher education.